This page contains a collection of news, resources, and guidance to assist housing counselors with response and recovery efforts specific to disasters and emergencies. Launched in 2017 following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, this page is updated frequently with the latest information and links related to each new disaster that occurs.
All HUD participating housing counseling agencies impacted by disasters and emergencies are encouraged to review the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness Resources located on the HUD Exchange. It contains disaster recovery and emergency preparedness resources specifically for housing counseling programs and provides immediate access to the:
Reminder: Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1, Chapter 5-11, B. 3-d, requires when any aspect of an agency’s purpose is impaired and can no longer comply with programmatic requirements, regulations or grant agreement (e.g., not functioning due to a disaster or emergency) the agency must notify HUD (their point of contact) within 15 days. Please send your questions to email@example.com. Please type “DART” on the subject line.
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On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). This increases federal support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its role as the lead federal agency for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. As a result of the President’s decisive, unprecedented action, FEMA is directed to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments and other eligible entities with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public.
In this leadership message from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), director of housing and demographic analysis Shawn Bucholtz discusses the 2017 American Housing Survey (AHS) results as they relate to disaster preparedness. According to the survey, there are disparities in the level of preparedness between households in different geographic regions, households of different age groups, and renter verses owner households. The AHS began asking questions about preparedness in 2013 and revised the questions with assistance from FEMA in 2017.
For upcoming housing counseling trainings, check the Housing Counseling Training Digest, updated weekly.
For a complete list of Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Webinars, visit Housing Counseling Webinar Archive: Select Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Section.
Read the 2019 and 2020 disaster declarations made by FEMA where individual assistance is offered:
|Disaster||Incident Period||Declaration Date|
|Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
|March 3, 2020||March 5, 2020|
|South Dakota Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
|September 9-26, 2019||November 18, 2019|
|Texas Tropical Storm Imelda
|September 17-23, 2019||October 4, 2019|
|Texas Severe Storms and Flooding
|June 24-25, 2019||July 17, 2019|
|Ohio Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, Flooding, Landslides, And Mudslide (DR-4447)||May 27-29, 2019||June 18, 2019|
|Arkansas Severe Storms and Flooding
|May 21 - June 14, 2019||June 8, 2019|
|South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding
|March 13 - April 26, 2019||June 7, 2019|
|Oklahoma Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, and Flooding
|May 7 - June 9, 2019||June 1, 2019|
|Iowa Severe Winter Storm and Flooding
|March 12 - June 15, 2019||March 23, 2019|
|Nebraska Severe Winter Storm, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
|March 9 - April 1, 2019||March 21, 2019|
For a complete list of FEMA Declarations, visit the FEMA webpage.